BINA Youth Core – Irgun Noar

BINA YOUTH CORE – empowering local teens through meaningful Jewish study and social action.

    High school students in Israel’s mamlachti (public non-orthodox) school system, take part in a yearlong program of weekly sessions and day trips, examining their own Jewish and Israeli identities. BINA’s Youth Core provides teens with the opportunity to leave their insular communities and to encounter diverse populations in Israeli society. The program curriculum is paced around monthly day-trips to visit different sectors of Israeli society, with weekly sessions before and after each day-trip used to learn about those sectors, study Jewish content related to those sectors, and reflect on their own Jewish identity and place within their community, Israeli society and the Jewish people. Based upon their learnings and the Jewish principle of "study that leads to action" - the students will together plan and implement a community project to address some of the challenges in their local communities. Throughout the year, participants take part in monthly guided volunteer work.    

Examples of day trips and accompanying units include:

  • Tel Aviv | Jewish immigrants, non-Jewish immigrants and refugees; Jewish renaissance
  • Gedera | Ethiopian-Israeli community and culture
  • Lod/Ramla | Jews & Arabs
  • Gan Yavne | Socioeconomic disparities and our obligations to one another
  • Jerusalem | Religious and secular and in-between, Reform, Conservative and Modern-Orthodox; global Jewish peoplehood
  •  Galilee | Druze Community & Jewish Mysticism
  • Be’er Sheva | Jews from Arab Lands, Bedouins
  • Kibbutz | Kibbutz life and Judaism
  • Ofra | Modern-Orthodox / National-Religious Judaism